Bok 2014 schedule confirmed

Cape Town - The Springboks will face 2013 Six Nations champions Wales in two Tests in Durban and Nelspruit, followed by a once-off international against Scotland in Port Elizabeth.

The fixtures were confirmed by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday.

In total, the Springboks are scheduled to play 14 matches in 2014, of which 13 are Tests. The other, a non-Test Springbok match against a World XV on June 7 in Cape Town, is to be confirmed.

The two local Tests against Wales, on June 14 and 21, will be played at Kings Park in Durban and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, after which the Boks will host Scotland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on June 28.

The home Tests in the Rugby Championship will take place at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria (against Argentina), Newlands in Cape Town (against Australia) and Ellis Park in Johannesburg (against New Zealand) as was announced last year.

The traditional November tour to the Northern Hemisphere will include a fourth Test this year, scheduled for November 29 against Wales.

“We’re very excited about the schedule for the year, which will give Heyneke Meyer and the Springboks a proper opportunity to test themselves a little more than a year away from the 2015 Rugby World Cup,” said Jurie Roux, SARU CEO.

“The four Tests in November, which will see us take on Ireland, England, Italy and Wales, will provide very good preparation in typical conditions they can expect at the World Cup. It will be a tough tour, but I know the Boks will be ready to take on the best from that part of the world.”

Roux said that the decision to play the additional Test against Wales in November and the planned match against a World XV had been taken to source additional income for Rugby World Cup preparations as well as provide extra time in camp for the Springbok squad.

2014 Springbok Fixtures:

Incoming Series:

June 7: Springboks v World XV (Newlands, Cape Town - TBC)
June 14: Springboks v Wales (Kings Park, Durban)
June 21: Springboks v Wales (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
June 28: Springboks v Scotland (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth)

Rugby Championship:

August 16: Springboks v Argentina (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
August 23: Argentina v Springboks (Venue TBC)
September 6: Australia v Springboks (Patersons Stadium, Perth)
September 13: New Zealand v Springboks (Westpac Stadium, Wellington)
September 27: Springboks v Australia (Newlands, Cape Town)
October 4: Springboks v New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)

Outgoing Tour:

November 8: Ireland v Springboks (AVIVA Stadium, Dublin)
November 15: England v Springboks (Twickenham, London)
November 22: Italy v Springboks (Venue TBC)
November 29: Wales v Springboks (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

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